Director of Communications, Milken Institute
Conrad Kiechel is the director of communications at the Milken Institute. A veteran of both journalism and public relations, he was international editorial director of Reader's Digest, overseeing its more than 40 international editions. In that role, he launched several new editions, including one in the People's Republic of China. Kiechel led the company's efforts to create reader-driven new magazines in several markets, and created a new international bureau for the flagship magazine. His non-editing contributions at Reader's Digest include interviews with such figures as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. As a principal at a prominent New York strategic communications firm, he worked on behalf of one of America's largest energy firms. A director of the World Press Institute, Kiechel is a graduate of Columbia University and holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also studied at the University of Cologne as a Fulbright Scholar.